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Hello Friends of the Soup.   I am constantly learning from all of you, and writing is something I love, but never made time for until now. I have always been a California girl, born and raised in the southern part of the state, now living in upper Northern California. Surrounded by mountains, and beautiful scenery, I have great inspiration.   I think I have always loved to create, it comes from my Dad, and his dad, I suppose. Although my mother was the rock of the family, my Dad was the dreamer, and a cowboy at heart. I grew up with horses that he raised, and memories of him singing around a campfire on trips we took. He wrote poetry, and his own songs, and played guitar.  His father did the same thing when my dad was a boy.  My grandfather was a trail guide, in the early l900's in Yosemite Nat'l Park, where my dad lived as a child.  My purpose in life has been family. I am married to my High School sweetheart,  we went to college together, I taught school for awhile, then raised two fine sons (both H.S. teachers) and a beautiful daughter.  Have 5 grandchildren who we adore, and fortunately they all live fairly close by.  I've had a small catering business, but now we are both retired, live in the country on a couple of acres, with rangeland behind us.  We are down to one dog, after a mix of this and that!  No horses, although horses, cattle, coyotes, and all kinds of wildlife live behind our place. Our kids are gifted musicians, and one son writes poetry that blows me away, some which has been published. I love poetry and piano, all music, movies, camping, our little cabin in the mountains, but especially my family.  And I love Poetry Soup..and all the wonderful company here! 


In Remembrance --IDES OF NOVEMBER


Blog Posted:11/22/2013 10:47:00 AM


   A November day, washed bright and clean

   light rains had ceased, and skies were blue
   But a plot, obscene, would dim the sun
   In a deadly script, which paled Macbeth
   A Lone Star light turned dark with death...........

I was about to stretch beyond my teens

all innocence upon the brink
As the callow child I was back then
I would immortalize between extremes
In my own small world, that I had known,
I would acknowledge the world in distant hues

And often held a passive view

But then, upon the landscape new

I was thrown to the wolves in black and white
I couldn't grasp those first words said
A horrendous drama, it can't be true!

Cascading, first with deep unrest

where cold war's threat, the South's unrest
with wars afar, I sat expecting
some deep resolve, as tales unfold
resulting good around the bend,
where naive' dreams had always been

This sudden turning of the tide

had come to change my voice inside...
knocking hard upon my door
deeply shocking,...to the core
rocking how I viewed the world

    With an anchored face, yet, strangely rue

    Apparent angst, his stolen breath
    He cleared his throat, and shared the news,
    With Cronkite calm, as if a stone,
    With cautious, stunning words to choose

      In his eyes, the sorrow shone
      I looked to him for confidence
      The magnitude, too great to own
      I needed guidance and a chance
      
to lean into his trusted arms
       this mortal moment too immense

I see it now, still clearly formed

The day was bright, with amber light
The sun was out, and lingered warm
Football games, a dance that night
Holidays had been conceived

But death
came crashing down with spite


Tragedy 
as thick as thieves,


A devil's
plot to interweave



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  1. Date: 11/23/2013 3:26:00 AM
    'A horrendous drama.it can't be true' ..Your words capture the shock of that moment so well Carrie.Like 9/11 it is a forever 'as is ' moment that is indelible in memory of all those in adulthood at the time.Rgds Brian

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  1. Date: 11/22/2013 11:06:00 PM
    Outstanding work, Carrie. What a great blog for today!! I was eight years old and had very little inkling of what it all meant but everyone was so sad that day.

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  1. Date: 11/22/2013 5:17:00 PM
    Carrie, I was a sophomore in high school and will never forget--your words recreate that day--those times.

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  1. Date: 11/22/2013 2:19:00 PM
    this reminds me of the feature i watched testerday, JFK: The Final Hours on natgeo channel... i was brought to tears as my dad used to discuss president kennedy with sorrow in his eyes.. and after 50 years, no one can still say with finality who crushed him in texas.. why?.. thanks, carrie.. i was about to make a blog on this one; solid piece you wrote !... thanks for sharing!..huggs

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My Past Blog Posts

 
Happy Birthday To Andrea !! And A Message From Nikko !! :)
Date Posted: 9/6/2014 9:54:00 AM
Rip It Out
Date Posted: 8/12/2014 10:04:00 AM
Fresh Start
Date Posted: 12/31/2013 4:52:00 PM
In Remembrance --IDES OF NOVEMBER
Date Posted: 11/22/2013 10:47:00 AM
"ODE TO JOY"
Date Posted: 11/17/2013 2:05:00 PM
POSTING NIKKO'S WORDS (Typhoon Aftermath)
Date Posted: 11/11/2013 7:38:00 PM
It's Not About Winning
Date Posted: 11/7/2013 12:08:00 PM
Man vs Nature -- The Rim Fire
Date Posted: 8/28/2013 12:30:00 PM
Summer and Smoke
Date Posted: 7/18/2013 12:22:00 PM
Dragon Slayers Need Better Sense (or Census Takers)
Date Posted: 5/7/2013 3:33:00 PM
Hall of Shame Award....another candidate !
Date Posted: 4/24/2013 4:28:00 PM
A Spring Arrival
Date Posted: 3/29/2013 1:52:00 PM
BEWARE OF THE GREEN !!
Date Posted: 3/14/2013 1:36:00 PM
Romance Is Alive and Well !!
Date Posted: 2/13/2013 4:28:00 PM
In My Absence
Date Posted: 11/16/2012 8:20:00 PM
Apologies For Neglecting My Souper Friends!
Date Posted: 10/7/2012 1:48:00 PM
Thank you all !!
Date Posted: 12/22/2011 2:01:00 PM
Do You Have A Minute?...It's Worth It! enjoy!!
Date Posted: 11/6/2011 1:41:00 PM
Remembering Stanley....:)
Date Posted: 10/24/2010 11:11:00 AM
HAVE YOU EVER SAT ON A VOLCANO??
Date Posted: 7/30/2010 2:22:00 PM
Is It Just Me...Or is it a Computer Glitch???
Date Posted: 7/29/2010 10:32:00 AM
"HUG YOUR KID DAY"
Date Posted: 7/22/2010 10:53:00 AM
LEMONADE OUT OF LEMONS
Date Posted: 6/15/2010 6:40:00 PM
TATTERED BIRTHDAY CARD
Date Posted: 5/24/2010 8:29:00 AM
Spring Break from School
Date Posted: 3/23/2010 10:54:00 AM

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10/22/2014Portrait of NatureFree verseearth,nature,
10/21/2014Lady KathleenProsebio,friend,history,people
10/20/2014Respecting the UniverseSonnetintrospection,nature,spir
10/18/2014Around the CornerRhymeautumn,nature,winter,
10/17/2014Silver StreakI do not know?travel,
10/15/2014LostIambic Pentameterlost,memory,old,remember,
10/10/2014November DreamsSijoautumn,nature,
10/10/2014Lynx EyesFree versenature,storm,
10/7/2014Reach For The StarsAcrosticlove,marriage,romance,
10/4/2014The Raven WaitsFree verseimagination,mystery,
10/3/2014crossfireFree versehistory,holocaust,loss,re
10/2/2014SentinelFree verselight,night,
10/2/2014SummerAcrosticseasons,summer,
9/25/2014Old WoundsIambic Pentameterfeelings,introspection,sl
9/24/2014The Bakery and a Buttermilk BarFree versenostalgia,teen,
9/23/2014Vixen Of The MistVerseimagination,sea,
9/20/2014Out of the BadlandsFree versecowboy,
9/20/2014Heaven ScentHaikubeauty,flower,grandmother
9/19/2014QuietudeChokanature,
9/18/2014I'm an 8Ottava rimanature,rain,
9/16/2014Good BonesNarrativefamily,home,memory,nostal
9/14/2014Taunting the DragonNarrativelove,lust,senses,words,
9/12/2014Cruelest WindsEthereeautumn,introspection,life
9/10/2014Autumn HarvestRondeauautumn,
9/9/2014The GiftDramatic monologuesun,
9/8/2014Into The SunsetFree verselost love,
9/7/2014My AddictionTerza Rimabooks,happiness,
9/6/2014Dying StarLyriclost love,sad love,
9/5/2014On Halloween NightFree versedark,holiday,horror,scary
9/5/2014InsomniaChastushkafunny,sleep,
9/4/2014Golden ThreadsRhymenature,seasons,
9/1/2014Above the MantelEkphrasis (Ecphrasis)art,
8/29/2014Breaking the IceTankalost love,sad love,
8/29/2014The Grand CanyonAbecedariannature,places,
8/29/2014A Day In The Shade--ZeugmaTrioletfishing,happy,
8/28/2014A Girl From DarfurProse Poetrydeath,holocaust,horror,sa
8/27/2014Where Frozen Embers Still BurnFree verseautumn,inspirational,intr
8/26/2014Letter to a HeroFree verseloneliness,missing,soldie
8/25/2014The CrossingSenryugoodbye,lost love,
8/23/2014The Witch Next DoorRhymepeople,
8/22/2014Quote MeFree verseinspiration,introspection
8/22/2014NeverlandNarrativechildhood,nostalgia,place
8/21/2014ObliqueFree versedream,emotions,loss,sleep
8/19/2014Transient Time of DayIambic Pentameternight,sky,
8/18/2014Enlightenment---The Story TellerHaikupeople,war,
8/18/2014Drat My Footle---A Fat KaboodleFootlefunny,vanity,
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8/14/2014Taking a RiskRhymeanimal,humorous,storm,
8/14/2014Dramedy of ErrorsProseanger,heartbroken,lost lo
8/13/2014Student DriversFootlecar,
8/12/2014TeeteringFree verseintrospection,life,
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8/5/2014Skylark DreamsVersebird,children,dream,
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7/3/2014Dancing RaindropsAcrosticanimal,rain,
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